Get to know the top twelve notable birds in the Fen

The bird record is thorough and includes some notable species. Cetti's, Sedge, Reed and Garden Warblers, Snipe and Water Rail are all BAP notable species or of conservation importance. The last two have not been seen recently. A further 21 notable species have been recorded from the 1km square containing Clausentum Fen.
Below is a list of 12 particularly interesting species to look out for, in addition to familar birds such as blue tits, goldfinches and robins. If you click on the images below that will take you to the RSPB page on that species.

Cetti's Warbler
Family: Warbler
Status: Resident breeding
Habitat: Dense vegetation near water
Habit: Hides in dense vegation and hops about on the ground

Reed Bunting
Family: Buntings
Status: Resident breeding
Habitat: Breeds in tall vegetation beside water
Habit: Sings from the top of reeds or shrubs

Family: Cuckoos
Status: Summer breeding visitor - winters in tropical Africa
Habitat: Woodland and open areas
Habit: Parasite of smaller birds in whose nests it lays its eggs.

Family: Finches
Status: Resident breeding
Habitat: Breeds in mixed woods, especially where there are conifers
Habit: Rather fat-looking with a quiet and sluggish habit.

Family: Kingfisher, bee eater & allies
Status: Resident - winters by the Flodstoc drain
Habitat: Beside rivers and streams with trees growing along the banks
Habit: Perches motionless on branches waiting for passing fish

Tawny Owl
Family: Owls
Status: Resident breeding
Habitat: Breeds in holes in old deciduous trees
Habit: Nocturnal. Feeds on small mammals and large insects.

Stock Dove
Family: Pigeon & Dove
Status: Resident breeding
Habitat: Wooded areas and parks with large deciduous trees
Habit: Rather shy. Feeds on seeds and small plants. No white flash on neck (unlike wood pigeon).

Water rail
Family: Rails
Status: Winter visitor
Habitat: Breeds in thick-reeded shallow lakes and sedge marshes
Habit: Usually hidden away amongst dense sedge or reeds

House sparrow
Family: Finches
Status: Resident breeding
Habitat: Breeds close to man in rural and urban areas
Habit: Social - forms flocks and feeds on insects and seeds.

Song Thrush
Family: Thrushes
Status: Resident breeding
Habitat: Woodland, parks and gardens
Habit: Feeds on insects and snails, which it often cracks open on a hard 'anvil'

Garden Warbler
Family: Warbler
Status: Summer visitor to the fen, winters in tropical Africa
Habitat: Nests in woods with clearings and parks or gardens with tall trees
Habit: Difficult to see, often low down in bushes or dense vegetation.

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Family: Woodpeckers
Status: Resident breeding
Habitat: Mixed woodlands, large parks and gardens
Habit: Typical drumming sound on wood - feeds on insects and seed. Undulating flight

Recorded from the Fen:

Black cap
Cetti's warbler
Coal tit
Collared dove
Garden warbler
Great tit
Greater spotted woodpecker
Grey heron
House sparrow
Little egret
Long-tailed tit
Mistle thrush
Reed bunting
Reed warbler
Sedge warbler
Song thrush
Spotted flycatcher
Tawny owl
Water rail
Willow warbler
Wood pigeon